CLEP 1: Introduction to the Constitution and Bill of Rights

A module of the Higher Certificate in Criminal Law Enforcement Programme (CLEP)

CLEP 1
2-6 March 2020

MODULES
CLEP 1 – Introduction to the Constitution and Bill of Rights
CLEP 2 – Law Enforcement by Peace Officers (LEPO)
CLEP 3 –Introduction to Criminal Investigation
CLEP 4 – Taking of Statements
CLEP 5 -Enforcement of Marine and Coastal Legislation

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The rewrite of CLEP 1 is scheduled for Friday 29 May. At the Hub there will be tutorials on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare for the test on Friday.

Good news! HVT has a brand new workbook to help you engage with your NMU course notes. All students can collect a printed copy from Yorke. Did you get yours? Dr Kirsten Neke says that everybody must work through the Workbook to prepare for the final exam in September. The Revision workbook is not only for students who have to rewrite.

Your printed course notes

Nelson Mandela University. 2019. Course notes: Introduction to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. [This document is copyrighted and may not be published here.]

Your printed workbook

The Constitution of South Africa

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 is the supreme law of the Republic of South Africa. 

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Where can I see it? The link below is a good source because it includes all amendments, plus you can jump to relevant sections via hyperlinked text.

https://www.gov.za/documents/constitution-republic-south-africa-1996

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The Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights is Chapter 2 of the Constitution!

The Bill of Rights protects the rights of all the citizens of South Africa – every individual. It ensures, among others, the Human Dignity of all. “Human Dignity” is also one of the values of HVT.

How to reference the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996.

Can you believe it? There is actually a law that specifies how one must cite the Constitution: it’s called the Citation of Constitutional Laws Act 5 of 2005. This law specifies that no Act number is to be associated with the Constitution.